The Children’s Cancer Institute mascot at the house. Photo: Melinda Jane.
New homes are popping up all over Mulgoa Sanctuary in Glenmore Park, but special construction that started this week will help fight childhood cancer directly.
Children’s Cancer Institute has gathered the community for its Build for a Cure initiative, where a dream home will be built and 100 percent of the auction proceeds will be donated to cancer research.
Anne Johnston, Chief Marketing and Fundraising Officer of the Children’s Cancer Institute, said the organization is fortunate to have generous partners making the project a reality.
“What’s incredible is that every element is donated, so the wonderful Wearn family from Mulgoa Quarries and Mulgoa Sanctuary donated a 900 square foot plot of land on the beautiful estate,” said Ms. Johnston.
“The beautiful luxury house is from McDonald Jones Homes, the bricks are from Austral, the artisans all do their work for free, the suppliers donate everything… it’s fantastic.”
With the plate down and work underway, the South Hamptons-style four-bedroom home will be open to the public once complete, before going up for auction in November.
“We are aware of supporting COVID restrictions to keep the site safe, so construction may take a little longer, but it will be a special home with a theater, children’s playroom, two and a half bathrooms and a study” , she said.
“Even if you are not in the market, you can support our work to cure any childhood cancer by purchasing a virtual stone in your home for a donation of $20 at buildforacure.org.au.”
Mulgoa Quarries Director Rob Wearn said it was great to be involved.
“This project is a real legacy for the Wearn family,” he said.
“We are incredibly proud to be able to donate a piece of sought-after land in the beautiful Mulgoa Sanctuary.
“The house that is now being built is thanks to all the volunteers and the generous donations, big and small, from the community and involved partners. On auction day, we know the sale of this home will help fund research being conducted at the Children’s Cancer Institute to find a cure for childhood cancer. It will also make a wonderful home for the lucky family who purchase this very special property!”
With the pandemic canceling other fundraisers, Ms Johnston said the campaign was more important than ever in the fight against childhood cancer.
“We’ve done a great job contributing to research, which means 80 percent of children survive today, but still 20 children are diagnosed every week in Australia and unfortunately three will die every week,” she said. .
“So many of our events and activities will not be able to take place so this is worth ten times as much… we are overwhelmed by the generosity and love that is being put into this house and we hope it becomes a wonderful home for someone.”
Emily is a graduate of Western Sydney University and covers general news and politics for the Weekender.